October Country. 2009. USA. Directed by Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

For the fourth year running, MoMA’s Department of Film, in association with IFP and its quarterly publication Filmmaker, screens the five nominees for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award. The nominees were selected by senior members of the Filmmaker editorial staff—Scott Macaulay, Jason Guerrasio, Brandon Harris, Ray Pride, and Alicia Van Couvering—and by Joshua Siegel, associate curator in MoMA’s Department of Film. The five nominees represent this year's best American independent films on the festival circuit that have yet to be picked up for theatrical distribution. Past nominees include Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, Chris Fuller’s Loren Cass, So Yong Kim's In Between Days, and Ronald Bronstein's Frownland. The award will be presented to the winner on November 30 at IFP’s Nineteenth Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Filmmakers take part in a Q&A following selected screenings.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Michelle Byrd, Executive Director, IFP; Scott Macaulay, Editor, Filmmaker magazine; and Milton Tabbot, Senior Director, Programming, IFP.

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